Last civilian flight left earlier, with 14,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan in past fortnight
The final UK flight carrying troops and diplomatic personnel has left Kabul airport, bringing to an end Britain’s 20-year campaign in Afghanistan.
The last evacuation flight left earlier on Saturday. About 14,000 people were airlifted out of Afghanistan by British forces in less than two weeks, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
The prime minister, Boris Johnson, said now was a time to reflect on the UK’s mission in Afghanistan.
“Twenty years ago, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the first British soldier set foot on Afghan soil aiming to create a brighter future for the country and all its people,” he said.